Silver Ounce 2011 Maternity, Coin from Belarus - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2011 Maternity, Coin from Belarus (demonetised 2017)
CoinSilver Ounce 2011 Maternity

The Belarusian Rouble was introduced as the currency of Belarus in 1992, but the country initially issued no coins at all; circulation was served by banknotes instead.

In later years, Belarus became a large producer of commemorative coinage for the numismatic market, particularly gold and silver bullion coins and non-circulating legal tender. Their designs range from fairly commonplace to unique and innovative; themes range widely from "native culture and events" to fairy tales and pop culture topics not related to Belarus at all.

Large silver coins are issued in the "silver ounce" format and are usually denominated with a face value of 20 Roubles; between 2000 and 2016, these were of the "Secound Rouble" currency (ISO code BYR), which was demonetised after 2016 and replaced with the current "Third Rouble". The coins were issued at prices considerably higher than their intrinsic value, so are technically "Non-circulating Legal Tender" (NCLT) coins and not bullion.

This crown-sized coin is part of the "Family Traditions of the Slavs" series of beautiful silver coins devoted to the main ceremonies of the Slavic culture. Each coin presents a custom and symbol characteristic for an important period in the life of Slavs.

Maternity is the fifth silver coin of the series. The perfect symbol of love, kindness and beauty is the figure of mother with her child. Maternity as a subject always inspires artists across the entire world and across time. The woman shown on the coin is featured wearing traditional folk clothing, derived from the Slavic tradition. The costume is made of a shirt with a geometric pattern embroidered on the sleeves, and a vest with striped trimmed edges, going around the neck and along the sleeve cutting line; on her head a wimple or a headscarf. The central element of the obverse is the symbol of "The Nurturing Mother" in the shape of the Tree of Life or the Sacred Tree, symbolising eternal life and continued lineage. This ancient symbol, probably dating back to the matriarchy, is one of the best recognizable elements of old Slavic symbolism. Another symbol depicted on the coin is the bird which, according to Slavic mythology, brings luck, protects the home, ensures prosperity, and heralds the child's future happiness.

The issuer of the series is the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus and the producer and distributor is the Mint of Poland. The coin was issued in August 2011, in Brilliant Uncirculated grade only, boxed, with a Certificate of Authenticity in Belarusian and English.

MintMint of Poland Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Belarus / Silver Ounce 2011 Maternity - obverse photo

In the upper part of the coin, in relief is the national emblem of the Republic of Belarus:
An outline of the map of Belarus, superimposed over sun rays. The sun is partially covered by a globe. Lining the left and right sides of the emblem are stalks of wheat, superimposed with flowers. Clovers adorn the left wheat stalks; flax flowers adorn the right. Wrapped around the wheat stalks is a ribbon representing the flag of Belarus; the ribbon meets at the base of the emblem, where the name Republic of Belarus: Рэспубліка Беларусь, is inscribed in Belarusian. At the top of the emblem there is a five-pointed star.

Divided by the emblem, the legend РЭСПУБЛІКА БЕЛАРУСЬ (Republic of Belarus).

In the central part of the coin is an image of the "Tree of Life" bearing fruit, surrounded by numerous offshoots and fruits symbolising the branches of a genealogical tree, in the company of stars (amulets).

Around below left, the standard of the metal Ag 925 (Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver; 925 means 92.5% - also known as "sterling" silver) and the year of issue 2011.

Around below right, the face value 20 РУБЛЁЎ (Twenty Roubles).

Obverse Inscription РЭСПУБЛІКА БЕЛАРУСЬ Ag 925 2011 20 РУБЛЁЎ
Belarus / Silver Ounce 2011 Maternity - reverse photo

In the central part of the coin is the figure of a leaning mother, wearing a traditional folk dress, gently cuddling her baby who is holding a pigeon (coloured using pad printing). To the right, starlets forming a circle, symbolising children.

Around below, a semi-circular inscription: МАЦЯРЫНСТВА (Maternity).

Reverse Inscription МАЦЯРЫНСТВА
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The mintage limit is shown as 7,000 on the Mint's website and as 10,000 on the Certificate of Authenticity which comes with the coin.

There is also a copper-nickel version with the same design, denominated as 1 Rouble.

Krause lists a not-coloured version under KM# 281 for which no confirmation has been found.

See also

Coins from The Slav’s Traditions series include:

- Wedding, 2006
- Housewarming, 2008
- Baptism, 2009
- Coming of Age, 2010
- Maternity, 2011
- Fatherhood, 2012

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Silver Ounce 2011 Maternity: Details
CurrencyBelarusian Rouble
PeriodSecond Rouble (2000 - 2016)
Coin TypeSilver Ounce, Second Rouble
SymbolNational Emblem of Belarus
Face Value20 (x Rouble)
Mintage Limit10,000
CurrentNo; demonetised 2017
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerS Nekrasova
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.6100 mm
Mass33.6300 g
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Silver Ounce 2011 Maternity: Photos
Silver Ounce 2011 Maternity: Photo Coin, Belarus, One Ounce Silver 2011 Maternity / thumbnail Coin, Belarus, One Ounce Silver 2011 Maternity
Copyright: Mint of Poland
Silver Ounce 2011 Maternity: Photo Coin, Belarus, One Ounce Silver 2011 Maternity / thumbnail Coin, Belarus, One Ounce Silver 2011 Maternity
Copyright: Mint of Poland
Silver Ounce 2011 Maternity: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBelarus KM# 281, 281a